Sasha Bruce

Family Strengthening Program

The Family Strengthening Program helps young people and parents communicate about expectations, rebuild trust, and resolve conflict. We provide support for teenagers and young adults to be safe, connected, and set up for success!   

All of our services are free. We typically work with families for up to 6 months on a weekly basis.

    Who Do We Help?

    We typically work with youth ages 12-24 and/or their parents in these situations:

    • Youth working to develop a path to independence
    • Parent(s) seeking support or resources to address challenging or high-risk behaviors in their children, such as running away
    • Family experiencing conflict
    • Youth not following household rules and expectations and are at risk of getting kicked out
    What Help Do We Provide?
    Our trained counselors provide intensive and individualized services such as:

    • Individual counseling
    • Parent support and consultation 
    • Youth mentoring 
    • Family mediation 
    • Case management, including referrals to other service providers 
    • Employment and educational assistance to youth
    • Family bonding activities
    • Life skills coaching
    • Specialized assistance to families on LGBTQ+ matters
    • And much more
    How Can We Get Connected?

    We are happy to accept referrals directly from youth, parents/family members, community agencies, and other concerned individuals. If you have questions about whether we can help you or someone you know, feel free to reach out and learn more! You can call us at 202-875-3261 or email us at strengtheningfoundations@sashabruce.org for a helpful consultation.

    We look forward to working with you to bring stability and strength to your family during challenging times.

    *Need to speak with SBY Staff outside of normal business hours (M-F, 9am-5pm)? Please call 202-547-7777

    Meet Our Team

    Sarah Lovett

    Program Manager

    Hobbies: As the parent of a toddler, free time is scarce. When I have free time I love to get out in nature, watch movies, or draw.  

    “I especially enjoy working with youth in the LGBTQ+ community and with parents/family members who are trying to respond with grace to all of the challenges of raising a young person transitioning to adulthood.”

    Jasmine Cooper

    Family Engagement Specialist

    Hobbies: Drawing, listening to music, and being creative. 

    “I enjoy working with youth that feel they do not have a voice. I work with different types of youth and help them find connections and help repair broken bonds within their family.”

    Caronda Bond

    Family Engagement Specialist

    Hobbies: Hanging out with family and friends, going to the movies, shopping, attending fun educational events, concerts, traveling and reading.

    “I want to help and support people to change their lives. I am passionate about helping people develop coping skills and learn effective ways to implement them to manage their situations.”

    Marcus Cade Jr.

    Clinical Intake Manager

    Hobbies: Fitness, content creation, and writing.

    “I use my love of public speaking to provide youth and adult groups with captivating workshops, training, and presentations, both virtually and in person. I believe in a strength-based motivational approach to help clients of all ages to eliminate barriers and become the best versions of themselves.”